Welcome to Darts Hill Garden
Darts Hill Garden is the result of over 70 years of work and dedication guided by the vision of Francisca Darts.
Darts Hill Garden is the result of over 70 years of work and dedication guided by the clear vision of Francisca Darts. Along with her husband Edwin, Francisca took a logged piece of land, turned it first into an award winning orchard and then into the unique garden that is Darts Hill today.
Francisca’s curiosity and love of the new and interesting has resulted in the most diverse collection of mature tree and shrub species in the Pacific Northwest. Many were planted from seed collected from around the world.
In 1994 Edwin and Francisca Darts donated their 7.5-acre garden to the City of Surrey and its citizens. Their intention was to give Surrey its own garden to be used as a horticultural centre for the preservation, enhancement, and development of plants. The non-profit Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society works in partnership with the City of Surrey towards these goals.
Darts Hill Garden is noted for its superb collection of rhododendrons and magnolias. The garden is at its peak during springtime, when you’ll see these stunning plants in full bloom. In addition, you’ll enjoy a huge variety of colourful flowering bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees – many of them rare and unusual. In April, May, and June, Darts Hill Garden is open to visitors every Saturday from 11 to 3. It’s the perfect time to come for a casual stroll through the garden at your leisure – or check out our events calendar for plant sales and special activities scheduled during these months. If you’d prefer to book a private guided tour for your friends, family, or organization, we can accommodate that too. Jump to our tours section to learn more.
Follow the Garden’s extraordinary history from its start in the 1940s to its donation to the City of Surrey.